Georgina Blakeley

Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Studies at the Open University

Doing politics differently? Metro-mayors and democratic renewal

Georgina Blakeley & Brendan Evans -  03 April 2018

Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region metro-mayors have been in power just under a year, but has political diversity and participation changed?

Read more

The hard and soft powers of England’s new metro-mayors

Georgina Blakeley & Brendan Evans  - 03 January 2018

Transport and homelessness show how Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram are using their formal and informal powers in Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region

Read more

Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram: their first six months working with the combined authorities

Georgina Blakeley & Brendan Evans - 08 November 2017

Six months have passed since Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region elected metro-mayors. In this first of a series of three blogs we assess their progress so far

Read more

To gain legitimacy new metro-mayors must improve turnout and diversity

Georgina Blakeley & Brendan Evans - 11 May 2017

New metro-mayors must now deliver on their policy commitments, and quickly seek to secure the ‘democratic moment’ that advocates of devolution promised

Read more

Metro-mayor elections: a new type of second-order election?

Georgina Blakeley & Brendan Evans - 04 May 2017

As polls open a range of electoral features – personality, campaigning and voting systems – will tell us if voters see today’s elections as ‘second-order’

Read more

Metro-mayors: campaigning in poetry, governing in prose?

Georgina Blakeley & Brendan Evans - 27 April 2017

New metro-mayors will be elected in English city-regions on May 4th.  Once elected the hard task of defining the new roles begins

Read more

The politics and political economy of Greater Manchester

Georgina Blakeley & Brendan Evans - 26 January 2016

The 2014 Agreement may be flawed, but it is the latest step in a long journey to increase the city-region’s economic and political leverage

Read more